Thursday, October 29, 2009

Access Services in SharePoint 2010 or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Access 2010

Like most .NET developers I had looked as Access as more of a file format than an application, something from the past.

So enters Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Access Services, for me this changes the game. For those who don’t know this technology, you can create an Access database locally on your PC then publish it to SharePoint. Tables become SharePoint lists, macros become workflows and forms well become forms. Access becomes a RAD tool to create data driven SharePoint sites.

Source : Richard Fennell

Short Overview of SharePoint Features in Visual Studio 2010

As you probably know, Visual Studio 2010 was announced last week and it contains a lot of great features and project templates for SharePoint developers. Below is a short overview for some of the SharePoint development related features and project templates.

  • Configurable deployment
  • Sandboxed and farm solutions
  • Extending SharePoint Tools
  • Feature and Package Designer
  • SharePoint Explorer
  • SharePoint Project and Project Item Templates
  • Project Templates
  • Project Item Templates

Source : Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Active Directory management with PowerShell v2

The introduction of PowerShell was a major improvement for all administrators who are not afraid of the CLI. However, it also has some drawbacks. For instance, it is not included in the OS and it lacks many features. Microsoft wanted to correct those shortcomings. PowerShell Version 2 is now a part of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 RC2 and offers many new Cmdlets. One area that was improved is the management of the Active Directory (AD).

If you want to use these new features, you have to add the Cmdlets first. PowerShell v2 is now modularized.

Source : 4sysops

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Windows Virtual PC / Windows XP Mode RTM now available for general download

Go and get it:


Source : Virtual PC Guy's WebLog

Microsoft releases Windows 7 sponsored themes

As the official Windows 7 launch is set in motion, a bunch of new content is being released online to support the wider public availability. To kick things off, a handful of new first-party theme pack have been released on

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

How to Secure Your Wireless Home Network

This article describes how you can secure your Wireless Network from hackers and you’ll also learn about free tools that people generally use to intercept your Wi-Fi signals.

A “must read” for anyone who has a wireless home network.

Source : Digital Inspiration - Technology Blog

The Best HTML5 Presentations To Help You Get Started

If you are curious to know more about HTML 5, here are links to some presentations, video recordings and web article that you may find useful.

Source : Digital Inspiration - Technology Blog

SharePoint 2010 Revealed

At the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled SharePoint 2010 with an impressive display of functionality and confidence.

Today, you will experience a tsunami of information about SharePoint 2010. There is no lack of surprises and announcements.
The list is so long that all I can do is list right now--hopefully this will help you spot the features and value propositions that are meaningful to your enterprise.

Great post by Dan Holme, a must read.

Watch out developpers, you can now develop on a Windows 7 or Vista client running SharePoint (yes!).

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Microsoft adds free root certificate authority to Windows

A couple of weeks ago some very interesting Windows news flew by under the radars that I think deserves much more credit than it received, considering how much we rely on the web and the impact this has on making it safer.

In the September 2009 update to the Windows Root Certificate Program, Microsoft has added to the list of trusted root certificate authorities StartCom Ltd, notably its first member who issues amongst others free Class 1 digital certificates.

Source : istartedsomething

Disk2vhd v1.0

Disk2vhd is a utility that creates VHD (Virtual Hard Disk - Microsoft’s Virtual Machine disk format) versions of physical disks for use in Microsoft Virtual PC or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines (VMs). The difference between Disk2vhd and other physical-to-virtual tools is that you can run Disk2vhd on a system that’s online. Disk2vhd uses Windows’ Volume Snapshot capability, introduced in Windows XP, to create consistent point-in-time snapshots of the volumes you want to include in a conversion.

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Wednesday, October 07, 2009

MPIO Step-By-Step guide for Windows Server 2008 R2

Our MPIO Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 is now available in our Storage area on TechNet for Windows Server 2008 R2 at the link below:

Source : Storage Area Networking

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Windows 7: 77 Windows 7 Tips

Whether you’re upgrading from Vista or skipping it altogether and moving up from Windows XP, you’ll need to know how to make the most of Windows 7 in your environment. Here are 77 tips and tricks to get you there.

Source : TechNet Magazine

Thursday, October 01, 2009

How we did it: Speeding up

We teamed up with Aptimize Software to optimize for high performance.

Today’s guest post is by Ed Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of Aptimize Software. This post will review how we did it and the underlying performance techniques that improved the page loading speed of the SharePoint marketing website. We hope you can leverage the same process to optimize performance for other websites.

Tony Tai

SharePoint Senior Product Manager

Source : Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog